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Time to mod!

I love seeing build threads. Some guys here are amazing! I am not one of those guys. I am pretty mediocre and CHEAP!

I bought Blackie, a 130k miles, 2008 FJ for less than $15k.
This thread will chronicle my additions and modifications. I'd love to do a 3.5" Total Chaos Long Travel with Kings but unfortunately I am not in that financial league.

So I'm going the other route. Seeing what I can do for less. Doing as much as I can by myself and buying what I need and not what looks good. The goal is to have capable rig that will be fun to ride and take me to most places around here.

So here are the planned mods (in no particular order):
1) Rock Sliders DONE!
2) Skid Plates
3) Level DONE!
4) 33" Tires DONE!
5) CB Radio DONE!
6) HAM radio DONE!
7) Bumper
8) Winch


Here she is in all her hail damaged glory:

9/7/2015


9/3/2015


4/25/2015


10/1/2014


9/9/2014



9/7/2014


Rock Sliders Build:
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/4x4-off-road-tech/361697-moar-homemade-rock-sliders.html

Cheap CB Install
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/cb-ham-communications/373194-my-cheap-cb-install-cheap-ham-follow.html

Hi-Lift Jack Mount
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/6243025-post22.html

Leveling springs (instead of dem spacers)
http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/6734057-post24.html

Price breakdown thus far:
Rock sliders: $21 - $17 for bolts (Damn McMaster - ripped me off!) and $4 for paint.

CB: $60

Hi-Lift (Big-Red actually) Jack: $40
Hi-Lift mount: $5

Tires:
285/75/16 Cooper ATP: $643 (including install - on sale, naturally)

Front Springs: $170 (OK, I splurged here a little)
 

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Nice looking rig, and a great price! Keep an eye out for old timers selling their suspension. I'm getting my king coilovers with the adjuster valve, plus read king shocks and spring and total chaos uca for half the price.
 

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When you go to level the truck I would go a had and spend a little extra and not do the spacers. Check on getting 5100's or if you can afford it go with a Toytec lift. Nice score on the FJ. :cheers:
 

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Can't wait to see what you do here. Probably hard to believe, but I'm all about the cheap mods. :lol:

Based on your list, I think you'll be good to go for most Colorado trails.
 

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I should have written:
1) DIY Rock Sliders
2) DIY Skid Plates
3) DIY Level (Plan on machining the spacers and bump-stop extensions)
4) DIY 33" Tires Install and Balance (Yes, that too)
5) CB Radio (Hmmmm.... OK, I'll buy this. But I'm going CHEAP!)
6) HAM radio (I might splurge on this one. I do SAR so I want a reliable nit for this)
7) DIY Bumper (A-ha! Going for a lot here.)
8) CHEAP Winch (Chinese probably)

I'm going to record the cost of each. The challenge is going low!
 

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Sounds like a plan! I'll watch you "grow"! :)

cheers,

dale
 
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Are you planning on doing all the fab work yourself?
As much as I can. I want to see how much I can do by myself.
Already have the spacers on the lathe (pictures to come) and a plan for the sliders.

For me, the fabrication is part of the hobby. I'm not shooting for an all out crawler but just something that will take me, the wife, kids and dog up into the mountains to see scenery.


Meanwhile the rock sliders are done and mounted :nerd


 

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Nice looking rig, and a great price! Keep an eye out for old timers selling their suspension. I'm getting my king coilovers with the adjuster valve, plus read king shocks and spring and total chaos uca for half the price.
BAM!

You hit the nail on the head. $40 shipped. The studs alone would have cost me more :)

Look for the installation pics on the weekend :grin
 

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